Well as you all know I enjoy pondering the dog-human relationship, at length, in blog form. Y’all aren’t the most talkative crowd so I never know if you enjoy it or are bored by it but it’s my blog so there ya go.
My first reaction to some dog owners is always to sigh and shake my head. You know the type. The only exercise the dog gets is being let out in the yard. There is no training of the dog. For some people a dog is just a possession, and they are really only interested in what they get out of the dog, and not in giving anything back besides the bare necessaries, (food, shelter, etc.) Still more people believe the bare necessaries are all the dog really needs because they’ve never bothered to learn much about dogs. They’re not that interested in their dog, or in having much of a relationship with their dog, they just like dogs and they have a dog and that’s really it. And as I say, my first reaction is to shake my head. But then I think about it and I don’t know…
The dog might not be as happy as it could be, but at least it has a home. At least it has food and water and a safe place to live. At least it has someone who cares somewhat about it as opposed to no one at all. Is it better off in a shelter or on the streets? It used to drive me to distraction to see dogs in less than ideal situations like the ones I’ve described. But I think perhaps I would do better to be grateful that the dog at least has a home.
I’m not saying it’s okay for people to neglect their dogs. I think what I am trying to say here is that it’s so easy to become frustrated at things like this, but it is better to focus on the positive aspects of situations that are beyond our control.